KNUT tells KNEC to stop mistreating teachers
25 June 2013, 14:13
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has urged the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to stop mistreating and harassing teachers.
KNUT has said that during exams, teachers are forcibly picked and deployed to either supervise or invigilate exams even when they are supposed to be working.
Speaking during KNUT Nyeri branch Annual General Meeting (AGM), Nyeri Executive Secretary Mutahi Kahiga said that teachers must be allowed to apply for those positions freely and on their own volition.
Kahiga also emphasized that payments to teachers by KNEC must be enhanced and done immediately the exercise is over.
“Kenya National Examination Council collects money in March and does not pay the teachers until June of the following year,” said Kahiga.
The union has also blamed the Government for failure to offer enough promotions to teachers, saying that this has over the years demoralized their spirits.
They questioned why teachers’ promotions are splashed in the local newspaper, saying that the communication of promotion should be made directly from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to the teacher being offered the promotion.
“We believe that teachers’ promotions should not be based on interviews but on the service rendered and qualifications earned. Teachers should not stagnate at one grade for more than three years,” Kahiga said.
The union noted that most of the Kenyan teachers have advanced their education in order to impart vast knowledge and skills to children but the Government has only promoted 3 000 teachers out of the over 24 000 available.
The executive secretary said that the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) was formed for a purpose and that they are demanding for something that has not been agreed upon.
“KUPPET was created for a purpose which they are serving very well but as KNUT, we are demanding for something that we have negotiated according to labour laws,” said Kahiga.
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